With a smart plug, you can turn just about any dumb device into a smart one.
In this article, we’ll walk you through the app installation, including adding the smart plug to your home network, integrating it with Amazon’s Alexa, and testing it to make sure it works.
A smart plug ties into your home network Wi-Fi so that it can be controlled by an app on your smartphone.
You can plug in any ordinary two-prong device for control and automation.
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There are many ways a smart plug can be useful in your home. For example, you can set routines so that an ordinary lamp will turn on at sunset and off at sunrise.
Setting up a smart plug and linking it with Amazon Alexa is easy. That will provide voice control of the switch with any compatible Amazon Echo or other device.
Most smart plugs will have similar instructions. Typically you’ll download and install the app first, then return to the Amazon Alexa app for iOS or Android to link it.
In this example, we’ll use the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Slim model.
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Some apps will request permission to know your location. This is useful for setting up routines. If your app knows the sunset and sunrise location for your location, you can automate it to turn on at night and off in the morning. Head back to the Kasa Smart app.
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Say “Alexa, turn off living room plug,” and make sure the green/blue light on the plug’s side turns off. If it does, Alexa recognizes the device and can control it with your voice commands.
You’re all set. It's time to enjoy the smart home technology and integrate it into your routine.How Amazon Is Making It Easier to Discover New Alexa Skills Read NextShareTweetShareEmail Related TopicsAbout The AuthorJosh Dollaghan(18 Articles Published)
Josh Dollaghan is passionate about home improvement, especially when it comes to learning about and setting up next-gen, smart home products. He's often found spending time with his family and exploring the great outdoors. He's also an avid reader, movie-enthusiast, and musician.MoreFrom Josh Dollaghan
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